Hillel Neuer
International human rights lawyer, writer & activist

In face of Hamas attack, Ken Roth turns into Swiss reporter


With a little help from his 275 staff members, Human Rights Watch director Ken Roth voices moral outrage on his Twitter feed once every hour, 24 times a day, seven days a week.

Yet when a Hamas terrorist today rammed his car into a crowd of Israelis in Jerusalem, and then got out to attack them further with an iron bar, Ken Roth’s voice suddenly turned into that of a neutral Swiss reporter.

Here are the standard Roth tweets, criticizing, demanding, condemning:

And here, suddenly switching to an unfamiliar just-report-the-facts mode, is Roth’s anodyne tweet after today’s attack, in which Hamas terrorist killed one and injured a dozen more:

Less than an hour later, however, Roth immediately switched back to moral outrage — to criticize Israel:

Roth’s weird personal obsession with Israel is what caused Human Rights Watch founder Robert Bernstein to quit in 2009, and was exposed in detail by The New Republic.

About the Author
Hillel Neuer is executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights organization in Geneva, Switzerland. An international lawyer, Neuer has been described by the Tribune de Genève as a human rights activist who is “feared and dreaded” by the world’s dictatorships. Israel's Ma’ariv newspaper ranked Neuer as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Jewish People in the World.” Hillel Neuer is a renowned speaker who has published widely, testified before the United Nations and the U.S. Congress, and appeared on CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera. On September 14, 2016, the City of Chicago adopted a resolution declaring “Hillel Neuer Day” in recognition of his work as “one of the world’s foremost human rights advocates.” In June 2018, McGill University awarded Neuer with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, citing his work as “an innovator” in “creating global platforms for courageous dissidents and champions of human rights from around the world,” and for being “a passionate advocate for human rights, fighting tirelessly against discrimination, torture, and injustice."